Music Friends of the Library

The Music Friends of the Library is on hiatus while the McLean Community Center undergoes renovation. For questions about the Friends Group in the interim, please contact Anita Lamkin at 703-620-9535.

Music Friends' Concerts at the Alden temporarily suspended during the renovation of the McLean Community Center

This classical music series began in 1974 when the Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library bought a Steinway Concert Grand and began to hold recitals in local library branches. The Music Friends work to serve the Fairfax County Public Library’s mission “to enrich individual and community life” through the enjoyable and educational experience of live music performance.

At first the major participants were local musicians, but as word of the series spread, more and more musicians from outside the metropolitan area were added. In the summer of 2003, the Music Friends’ Board of Directors changed the name of the series from Rising Stars to Concerts at the Alden to reflect the fact that all the performers are accomplished professional musicians including artists from the National Symphony.

The concerts include Young Soloists Recitals which showcase the talents of local school-age artists, and give them experience in auditioning and performing.

Membership with the Music Friends is temporarily suspended during the renovation of the McLean Community Center


The Music Friends launched their 29th season with a fundraising performance by the world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, who was joined by the Kennedy Center Chamber Players in a performance of Mozart’s Piano Quartet and Schumann’s Piano Quintet.

Friends Officers

President: Clifton Bailey
Artistic Director: Anita Lamkin
Secretary: Paul Schaaf
Treasurer: Peter Wilmot

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